Dr Phil Jones MA PhD

Dr Phil Jones

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Phil Jones - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Phil Jones is a cultural geographer who focuses on issues related to the city.  His work deals with a number of research areas including urban regeneration, cycling and the arts.  He has a particular interest in research methods, including qualitative GIS, mobile interviewing and arts-based approaches.


  • PhD University of Birmingham, 2003
  • MA University of Leicester, 1999
  • MA University of St Andrews, 1998


Dr Phil Jones hails from the Wirral and spent a number of years studying history before moving to the University of Birmingham to undertake a PhD in geography.  After a period as a postdoc, he subsequently became a lecturer in human geography at Birmingham in 2005 and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography in 2012.


BA / BSc Geography

Dr Jones teaches around cities, culture, embodiment and architecture. He gets consistently high feedback scores from student evaluations and has a commitment to excellence and innovation in the delivery of teaching. 

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Jones has supervised eight PhD students to completion and is currently supervising a further seven as part of his Playful Methods Lab: 

  • Ray Alcock (2016- ) The value of ritualised local community events to wider performance theory. Part time, self-funded, Dept. Drama & Theatre Arts.
  • Tessa Frost (2016- ) The Dima Yakovlev law and the Russian orphanage. ESRC DTC studentship.
  • Nurulhusna Qamaruz Zaman (2015- ) Transformation of public spaces in Malaysian cities. Malaysian government stipend (100%)
  • Tess Osborne (2015- ) The sexed body in the city: applying feminist psychogeography and critical neuroscience to women and the urban environment. ESRC DTC studentship.
  • Phil Emmerson (2014- ) Laughing with care: explorations between embodiment and emotions.  AHRC DTP studentship
  • Deyala Altarawneh (2013- ) Landscape design in Amman Jordanian Government stipend (100%)
  • Robert Smith (2011- ) Urban regeneration and community art.  Part time, self-funded.


Dr Jones is a cultural geographer with a research focus in two linked areas: first understanding change in the urban environment, particularly urban regeneration; second examining questions around mobility, particularly how walking and cycling bodies engage with spaces. Bridging these areas is an interest in the city as both a manifestation of cultural activity and a space through which uniquely urban cultures are brought into being. His work is characterised by the development of innovative methodological approaches both in the collection of research materials and how research findings are communicated.

ESRC-NRF Higher Education Call 2016 The appropriateness, usefulness and impact of the current urban planning curriculum in South African Higher Education £474k. Co Investigator.

AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2015 £10k. Principal Investigator.

AHRC Cardiff Festival funding 2014 £15k. Principal Investigator

AHRC Edinburgh Showcase funding 2013 £8k. Principal Investigator

AHRC Follow-on Funding 2013 HESTIA 2. £80k Co Investigator

AHRC Follow-on Funding 2013. In conversation with...:co-designing with more-than-human communities. Co Investigator, £40k awarded

AHRC Communities, Culture and Creative Economies 2011. Cultural intermediation: connecting communities in the creative urban economy. Principal Investigator, £1.49m awarded

AHRC  Follow-on Funding 2011. Localism and connected neighbourhood planning. Principal Investigator, £40k awarded

AHRC Development Funding 2011. Connecting Communities in the City: the role of cultural intermediaries and cultural learning. Principal Investigator, £15k awarded

ESRC Small Grant 2007. Rescue Geography: developing methods for public geographies. Principal Investigator, £96k awarded



  1. Warren S & Jones P eds. (2015) Creative economies, creative communities: rethinking place, policy and practice Ashgate, Farnham
  2. Jones P & Evans J (2013) Urban regeneration in the UK: boom, bust and recovery Second Edition Sage, London
  3. Jones P & Evans J (2008a) Urban regeneration in the UK: theory and practice Sage, London

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Jones P, Isakjee A, Lorne C, Jam C & Warren S (2017) Urban landscapes and the atmosphere of place. Urban Morphology 21;1 29-40
  2. Zandieh R, Martinez J, Flacke J, Jones P & van Maarseveen M (2016) Older adults’ outdoor walking: inequalities in neighbourhood safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13;12 1-24 [open access]
  3. Jones P & Jam C (2016) Creating ambiances, co-constructing place: a poetic transect across the city.  Area. 48;3 317-324 [open access]
  4. Jones P & Warren S (2016) Time, rhythm & the creative economy. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 41;3 286-296 [open access]
  5. Ryder H, Maltby J, Rai L, Jones P, & Flowe H  (2016). Women's fear of crime and preference for formidable mates: How specific are the underlying psychological mechanisms? Evolution and Human Behavior 37;4 293-302 [subscription required].  
  6. Jones P, Layard A, Speed C & Lorne C (2015) MapLocal: use of smartphones for crowdsourced planning. Planning Practice & Research 30;3 322-336. [open access]
  7. Warren S & Jones P (2015) Local governance, disadvantaged communities and cultural intermediation in the creative urban economy.  Environment & Planning C: Government and Policy 33;6 1738-1752 [open access]
  8. Jones P (2014) Performing sustainable transport: a RIDE across the city. Cultural Geographies 21;2 282-287
  9. Jones P (2012a) Sensory indiscipline and affect: a study of commuter cycling Social & Cultural Geography 13;6 645-658
  10. Jones P & Evans J (2012a) The spatial transcript: analysing mobilities through qualitative GIS. Area 44;1 92-99
  11. Jones P & Evans J (2012b) Rescue Geography: place making, affect and regeneration.  Urban Studies 49;11, 2315–2330
  12. Kingston D, Eastwood W, Jones P, Johnson R, Marshall S & Hannah D (2012) Experiences of using mobile technologies and virtual fieldtrips in Physical Geography: implications for hydrology education. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16;5, 1281–1286
  13. Jones P & Burwood D (2011) Cycling and the city: reflections of commuting practices.  Liminalities: A journal of performance studies 7;4 no pagination
  14. Jones P & Evans J (2011) Creativity and project management: a comic. ACME 10;3 585-632
  15. Evans J & Jones P (2011) The walking interview: methodology, mobility and place. Applied Geography 31;2 849-858 
  16. Jones P, Drury R & McBeath J (2011) Using GPS-enabled mobile computing to augment qualitative interviewing: two case studies. Field Methods 23;2 173-187 
  17. Antonsich M & Jones P (2010) Mapping the Swiss referendum on the minarets’ ban. Political Geography 29;2 57-62 
  18. Evans J, Jones P & Krueger R (2009) Organic regeneration and sustainability or Can the credit crunch save our cities? Local Environment 14;7 683-698 
  19. Jones P (2008) Different but the same? Post-war slum clearance and contemporary regeneration in Birmingham, UK. CITY 12;3 356-371 
  20. Jones P, Bunce G, Evans J, Gibbs H & Ricketts Hein J (2008) Exploring space and place with walking interviews. Journal of Research Practice 4;2 
  21. Ricketts Hein J, Jones P & Evans J (2008) Mobile methodologies: theory, technology and practice. Geography Compass 2;5 1266-1285 
  22. Evans J & Jones P (2008a) Towards Lefebvrian socio-nature? A film about rhythm, nature and science. Geography Compass 2;3 659-670 
  23. Evans J & Jones P (2008b) Sustainable urban regeneration as a shared territory. Environment and Planning A 40;6 1416-1434 
  24. Jones P & Macdonald N (2007a) Getting it wrong first time: building an interdisciplinary research relationship. Area 39;4, 490-498 
  25. Jones P & Macdonald N (2007b) Making space for unruly water: sustainable drainage systems and the disciplining of surface runoff. Geoforum 30;3, 534-544 
  26. Macdonald N & Jones P (2006a) The inclusion of sustainable drainage systems in flood management in the post industrial city. Scottish Geographical 122;3, 233-246 
  27. Jones P & Evans J (2006) Urban regeneration, governance and the state: exploring notions of distance and proximity. Urban Studies 43;9, 1491-1509 
  28. Jones P (2005) Performing the city: a body and a bicycle take on Birmingham, UK.  Social and Cultural Geography 6;6, 813-830 
  29. Jones P (2005) The suburban high flat in the post-war reconstruction of Birmingham, 1945-71. Urban History 32;2, 323-341 
  30. Jones P (2004) Historical continuity and post-1945 urban redevelopment: the example of Lee Bank, Birmingham, UK. Planning Perspectives 19;4, 365-389 

Book Chapters

  1. Jones P (2017) ‘Mobile bodies’ in Michael Silk, David L. Andrews and Holly Thorpe (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies Routledge, New York, 304-312
  2. Jones P, Layard A, Lorne C & Speed C (2015) ‘Localism, neighbourhood planning and community control: the MapLocal pilot’ in Dave O’Brien & Peter Matthews (eds.) After urban regeneration: communities, policy and place. Policy Press, Bristol, 165-179
  3. Jones P, Lorne C & Speed C (2015) ‘Using technology to help communities shout louder’ in Catherine Durose & Liz Richardson (eds.) Designing public policy for co-production: theory, practice and change  Policy Press, Bristol, 141-148
  4. Jones P (2007) ‘The dismemberment of modern Birmingham’ in Peter Martyn (ed.) The City in Art ISPAN, Warsaw.

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Urban regeneration in the UK; art as a research method; innovative mapping techniques; high-rise social housing in the UK; impact of historical development on the built form of contemporary cities